The second in a suite of three EPs from Glasgow’s elder statesmen of indie pop meanders between propulsive psychedelia and relentl(...)

Set against the Roman conquest of Britain, Britannia depicts warring, face-painted Celtic tribes in thrall to otherworldly druids, while Roman forces play politics. Photograph: Sky

At a time when Britain’s identity is in crisis, Britannia belatedly attempts to construct one

Lisa Tchenguiz, an Iranian heiress in her early 50s, to whom the years have been obsequiously kind, if love, alas, has not.

Review: These two jaw-dropping break-up stories would really be better off apart

Archie Panjabi as Mona Shirani and Jack Davenport as Guy Harcourt in Next of Kin

The series’ strengths are its characters, its realism and its jagged street geography

George Lee is never one to knowingly accentuate the positive, but that doesn’t mean he’s wrong

Making dire forecasts about Brexit and agribusiness, George Lee is in his element

If We Got More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You at Project Arts Centre. Photograph: Claudia Marinaro

From the giddy highs to the worrying lows, or a rooftop to a grave, this week's theatre highlights span the course of a lifetime.

'Irish Times' Irish Theatre Awards: judges Catriona Crowe, Ella Daly and Paula Shields. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

After a year of crisis and new beginnings, the awards lay down a marker

Derry Girls. When you’re a teenager living in the shadow of the Troubles, life still goes on. Photograph: Channel 4

‘Derry Girls’ is a zippy comedy whose teen stars have bigger troubles than the Troubles

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: a particularly appropriate acquisition for the Irish-Canadian show’s fifth series

I know what happens next. They kidnap the Irish, send them to Iceland and create Bjork

Leigh might have been happier dating a mirror.

The show’s real magic is when a date turns into mutual loathing

Despite the brooding tone of Striking Out, its real identity is utterly weightless

The law drama is so style-conscious it often resembles an advertisement for itself

The Friday Night Effect, by Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan,  will be performed as part of First Fortnight festival. Photograph: Hildegard Ryan

Festival promoting mental health awareness returns with performances of comedy, audience interaction and survival

David Norris in one of the reception rooms of his restored Georgian home. Norris was the winner of Celebrity Home of the Year 2017. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Judging people’s homes has long been a national pastime – add a whiff of celebrity and judges lose the run of themselves

David Walliams, Jennifer Saunders and Tom Courtenay in Grandpa’s Great Escape. Photograph: BBC

David Walliam’s children’s story works like a memory game through the eyes of Generation X

 James Norton as Alex Godman in the BBC drama, McMafia. Photograph: Nick Wall/BBC/PA Wire

Lavishly-made crime thriller takes in political intrigue, high finance and human trafficking

The Young Offenders

Ring out (or recommission) the old; ring in the new: here’s what to stay tuned for in the new year

Now that many of its worries have come to pass – politics overrun by sniggering populism, invasive surveillance run amok, citizens ranked by social media – how is Black Mirror supposed to keep up?

Now that some of its more fearful prophecies have come to pass, an uneven new series suggests ways to fight back

Audience participation might horrify some, but at Christmas we call it pantomime. Beauty and the Beast, Everyman Theatre, Cork. Photograph: Miki Barlok

Some nicknames stick forever, just ask the stars of this week’s stage. Remember to wash your hands though

Eli and Oscar in ‘Let the Right One In’

In this weeks’s theatre, a frightful creature becomes a useful friend, an old fable is laced up to fit new times, and one eccentri(...)

Pray for Baz

Can Baz Ashmawy blag his way into the pope’s inner circle?

U2 at Abbey Road, never getting old, always the same. Photograph: Guy Levy

U2 try to seem humble in this interview featuring the modest travel habits of Everybono

Mickey (Mark Gatiss), Pauline (Steve Pemberton), and Ross (Reece Shearsmith) in 'The League of Gentlemen'. Photograph: James Stack/BBC

As Royston Vasey slips off the map, the country around it is sliding into nowhere

Tunnel: Vengeance (Sky Atlantic, Thursday, 9pm), which, with similarly potent symbolism, will be the third and last series of the Franco-British collaboration.

Can we trace the current fracture in international relations right back to a single television show?

Alison Spittle’s breakout RTÉ comedy “Nowhere Fast”.

Voters and Ticket critics come together in a revealingly sloshy meeting of minds

Rapunzel in the Gaiety includes seasoned panto dame Joe Conlan and fresh-faced Ciara Lyons in the title role

It’s a time for hardy endurance and miraculous returns this week

Piers Morgan makes a  hideous, supercilious self-justification for the  base exploitation of his interview with Mark Riebe

In an interview conducted between a suspected serial killer and a suspected journalist neither comes out well

Dermot Bannon

TV Review: The architect's trip to New York seems to go straight to his head

“I know people who eat this stuff,” Clarkson  says bitterly over a piece of lettuce. “They’re called women”

Clarkson is jowlier, May is puffier, and Hammond looks clenched and constipated

Matt Smith as  Philip and Claire Foy as  Elizabeth in The Crown

In a regally absorbing new series queen Elizabeth II prepares to spend the rest of her life on television

The Red Shoes entertains the fairytale and still dances away from it. Photograph: Ste Murray  

In the Gate’s dark Christmas spectacle, a bold retelling tries on an old fairytale for size

There are countless versions of Cinderella, stretching back to the earliest reaches of civilisation.

Remembering ‘The Simpsons’ as a dark comedy with serious heft, keeping a seasonal Dickens classic warm with cheer, and recalling C(...)

Gabriel Byrne and Ralph Fiennes in ‘My Astonishing Self’

In ‘My Astonishing Self’, the actor follows shyly in Shaw’s footsteps. But what draws GB to GBS?

Nuance is not Charlie Bird’s strong point in his latest TV outing.

TV Review: RTÉ’s retired reporter brings a blunt approach to historical stories

There are enough bright ideas and creative talent in Mr Burns to keep the lights flaring

Anne Washburn’s wackily serious play imagines the survivors of a nuclear holocaust struggling to remember Simpsons episodes by the(...)

This charmingly vintage world becomes swiftly populated with amusingly quirky characters through gleefully imaginative episodes

Theatre Lovett have created a delightful comedy about loss and self-reliance

It’s hard to think of a show that chimed as much with the moment as ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Stephanie Dufresne stars in ‘The Red Shoes’. Photograph: Nick-Dastoor

Theatre Lovett ’s ‘They Called Her Vivaldi’ is at the Peacock and and a new play ‘Philip St John’ opens

Mia Farrell from Bluebell in Dublin demonstrating toys with presenter Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Andres Poveda

TV review: The children grow up before our eyes, while Tubridy lets himself be a kid

Meritt Wever and Michelle Dockery in ‘Godless’

A ruthless gunslinger discovers his limits in the meandering new western miniseries

Abbey Theatre directors: Graham McLaren and Neil Murray. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Abbey Theatre’s directors Graham McLaren and Neil Murray on their second programme, forging new collaborations and looking for(...)

Katie Honan  as Eli and Craig Connolly as Oskar in ‘Let the Right One In’ at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

John Tiffany is the genial man behind the Abbey’s ‘Let the Right One In’, is also the most sought-after director in the world

Craig Connolly (Oskar) and Katie Honan (Eli) in Let the Right One In at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh.

The West End hit at the Abbey hovers somewhere between fairy tale and horror story

Dubliners Women: the appetite for Joyce’s fiction transplanted to other media has not diminished.

Murfi keeps travelling in The Man in Woman’s Shoes and women in the second World War

Moonfish Theatre’s ‘Star of the Sea’ continues its own voyage, following its 2014 debut at the Galway Arts Festival

Vampires, voyages and new beginnings on the Irish stage

‘AI threatens to transform how we all live our lives,’ says Tomchak, perhaps one of the last of a generation of tech sceptics

Anne-Marie Tomchak brings a reassuringly human touch to this wide-ranging documentary

Clare Monnelly, as an aggressively direct friend Mary, Alison Spittle as Angela and  Genevieve Hulme-Beaman as the nicely awkward Brid in Nowhere Fast

Nowhere Fast stars Alison Spittle as Angela, a young woman in a downward spiral

Howards End, which stars Hayley Atwell as a  beautifully played Margaret, who can say, ‘I am really distressed that he had no tea’

Forster’s dodgy narration is dumped but the plot remains fully loaded

This Beach, an acerbic satire revived from its last outing at the 2016 Dublin Fringe Festival

This week’s theatre highlights all involve stories that need to be heard, and those who are either literally and figuratively deaf(...)

From left, Philippa Dunne, Diane Morgan, Anna Maxwell-Martin, Paul Ready and Lucy Punch in Motherland. Photograph: Colin Hutton

With the parentage of writers Sharon Horgan, Graham Linehan, Helen Linehan and Holly Walsh, Motherland has great comic genes

'Róisín Murphy must act as an architect, designer and grief counsellor.'

'Desperate Houses' is at war with the messy accumulation some of us call ‘life’

Joan and Pierce Butler tell their story on 'Golden: Our 50 Years of Marriage'.

Review: RTÉ profiles couples held together by unflagging support and comic schtick

Orchestral dance music: Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen

Opposites attract in the cerebral but keenly felt minimalism of this electronic duo

Phelim Drew in ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’ at Wexford Arts Centre

Looking forwards, looking backwards and looking up – here’s what’s on view

Vincent Hanley on 'Live Aid for Africa' (1985)

In a drab 1980s Ireland, music presenter Vincent Hanley brought back the promise of something more fabulous

Lucianne McEvoy (Hermione) in What Put the Blood. Photograph: Pat Redmond

If there really is a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other, Andromaque and Hermione have found it

Eoghan McDermott’s  biker jacket in Generation What? seems a more honest choice than a lab coat

A sociological survey of European Millennials wants to know all about sex but nothing about what happens after

‘Sallynoggin was her Vietnam,’ Ross says of his mother, recalling his own bitter brushes with social prejudice. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Postcards From The Ledge review: OMG – are those like actual feelings Ross O'Carroll-Kelly is having?

 Two male kobudai fighting. When a female kobudai reaches a certain size and age she can turn into a male. Photograph: Tony Wu/BBC

Nothing fazes David Attenborough but for anyone else, Blue Planet II is an inspiring and humbling education

Stranger Things 2: There must be some kind of way out of here . . .

The Duffer Brothers are growing nostalgic even for themselves

New Zealand comedian Penny Ashton whose show – Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical –  runs in Tralee, Kilmallock, Nenagh and Limerick in November

Jane Austen one-women musical is staged with lashings of sharp wit and loving irony

Inhumans stars  Anson Mount and Serinda Swan, whose surnames combined sound like something Zeus would try at his absolute worst

Review: Here are the scrapings from the bottom of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Anyone for Dungeons & Dragons?

Ahead of the return of the Netflix hit, here’s how we left things in the town of Hawkins

Anyone for torture? BBC’s Gunpowder

TV review: The Guy Fawkes story is simplified and stretched. Sparks do not fly

They Called Her Vivaldi

Imaginative new spins on old concerns take the stages this week

‘Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge’, where panellists  bloviate entertainingly about the news of the day on live television. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge review: He’s a shrewd interviewer, but this week’s programme gets trivial quickly

Peter Kelly, or Franc, who is rewarded for presenting the show with a 30-minute advertisement for his business

TV review: If only the show went deeper, the family dynamics would be fascinating to watch

Jospehine is casually undermined by patriarchal systems and  experiences daily intrusions palmed off as innocuous assistance

In Stacey Gregg’s new play, the forces that push us around are creatures of our own creation

Dr Sinead McArdle, a consultant in emergency medicine in the Mater Hospital

RTÉ’s fly-on-the-car-crash documentary is a study of composure under pressure

Talking Shop Ensemble and Shaun Dunne have collaborated on Rapids

The HIV infection rate in Ireland is twice the European average, thanks to shame and silence

Junk Ensemble and Tom Clonan perform Soldier Still at the Mac, Belfast

The Dublin Theatre Festival closes with a swirl of music and dance performances

Set designer Francis O’Connor with his model box in Galway’s Town Hall Theatre as the set is constructed for Druid’s production of King of the Castle. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The renowned designer and frequent Druid collaborator Francis O’Connor onthe subtle art of stage design

Louis Theroux is back in teh US for his new series,  Dark States.  Photograph: Freddie Claire

Misery is like heroin in Louis Theroux’s new documentary: cheap, plentiful and easily available

The engaging Damsin Idris as Franklin Saint in  Snowfall

The first hit of Snowfall goes straight for the glamour. The comedown can’t be far away

Clare Dunne (Sylvia), Alex Kowak (Billy) and Fiona Bell (Beth) in Tribes at the Gate Theatre

Everybody is talking but nobody is listening in Nina Raine’s intelligent, furious play

Donal Gallery (Policeman) and David Pearse (Leopold Bloom) in James Joyce’s Ulysses, adapted by Dermot Bolger, at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

The sprawling, shape-shifting puzzle of Ulysses here becomes a series of theatrical parlour games

“Like, is it a brilliant ovary?” Vogue asks  her fertility specialist, during a personal examination, as though seeking top marks

Vogue Williams will say anything to anybody. Who knows what could happen if she turned her attention to politics

Lucy Kennedy with Katie Hopkins, whose self-obsession has the all-consuming gravity of a black hole

TV Review: The loveable Lucy Kennedy tries living with the hateful Katie Hopkins

Dermot Bannon and construction manager Carol Smillie. The former gushes, while the latter refuses to provide the show with panic

Review: The architect’s latest programme, The Big Build, has lots of storeys but little drama

Nina Raine (seated front left) with director Oonagh Murphy (seated front right) and the cast of Tribes. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Nina Raine should know. Her father, a critic, once told her: `Your business is not to be worrying about people’s feelings. Because(...)

Owen Roe and Charlie Maher in ‘Melt’

There’s no other play quite like Rough Magic’s Melt right now

The Sin Eaters leans towards ‘a sense of female oppression, kept artificially vague’. Photograph: Graham Cooper

Anú’s latest show, which takes place in a clinical space, is impressive but not intimate

The cast of Belinda McKeon's new play 'Nora'.

Here's our recommendations for what to see over the next few weeks

James Franco plays both sides of the shackle as twin brothers Vincent, a responsible, enterprising bartender, and Frankie, a raging, destructive id

David Simon’s brilliantly made new drama about the rise of the US porn industry is not on a mission to titillate

Ollie West as ‘Hamnet’. Photograph: Ste Murray and Jason Booher

Ollie West, child star of ‘Hamnet’ at the Dublin Theatre Festival, says theatre is ‘kind of like PE’

Drop Dead Weird: life’s unfair, but having undead parents isn’t always the worst

TV review: RTÉ’s new comedy features Pauline McLynn, fart jokes and undead parents

Angeline Ball, Lisa Hogg and  Elaine Cassidy in Acceptable Risk

Acceptable Risk lays little on the line in this opening episode, but the plot could yet thicken

These Lights at the Dublin Fringe Festival

Culture Shock: The Fringe is getting bigger, but it doesn’t seem to be getting any better

Robert Brown was convicted for murder in Manchester and served 25 years of a life sentence before the verdict was overturned

Freedom sometimes comes without liberation in new documentary ‘Fallout’

Broken Crow’s Levin and Levin.  Photograph: Marcin Lewandowski

Fleeing persecution, the Levin Brothers conceal their sex and identity, and grow into a vaudevillian act that wanders the world. T(...)

Birdy’s quest for a diva saviour at the Peacock

It’s the handover period between Dublin festivals this week as the Dublin Fringe Festival begins to wind up and the Dublin Theatre(...)

Lucy McCormick’s Triple Threat. Photograph: The Other Richard

When people believe in nothing, they may turn to showbiz, argues Lucy McCormick’s New Testament trash cabaret. But the bigger ques(...)

Gleeson seems undecided as to where his character is from so settles  for Naturalised American Irish Bear

Beneath the generic cat and mouse game is a picture of American masculinity and its fateful engine trouble

Siri made flesh: Detective Richard Madden and telepath Holliday Grainger, a psychic search engine

TV review: Another Philip K Dick adaptation, in this boom time for paranoia

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Not At Home

The latest show from the Dublin Fringe Festival

In the first instalment of the season, Pat Kenny  tackles the housing crisis in stark and personal terms, by imagining the people watching him.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Pat Kenny Show imagines the nation not as it could be, but as it is, an easily goaded, roiling mess

Sadly, for a community so unrepresented on the Irish stage, an inattentive production doesn’t make access any easier

The walls in this small, over-extended production are built on weak foundations

End of at the Dublin Fringe Festival

Here is our selection of the best shows opening this weekend, and the best productions still running that we've seen so far

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